Tea Brick/Card/Ink

Kingdom: Recuperavit.

//Description

Leek paper

Xanthe Murphy (Australia), Lauren Nicholson (United Kingdom), Karen Ratering (The Netherlands), Madeleine Scully (Australia).

Tea Brick: This materials development came from a desire to produce a solid material from disposed tea leaves. Tea is a disposable substance that is used to flavour water and is then disposed of, causing 4.01kg of waste per person per year in Australia, the UK, and the Netherlands combined. 

Tea card: is tough with the ability to hold the form of a mould. Tea is a disposable substance that is used to flavour water and is then disposed of, causing 4.01kg of waste per person per year in Australia, the UK and the Netherlands combined. The industry-wide practice of using polypropylene in tea bags makes them only 70-80% biodegradable rendering reuse a better alternative than recycling.

Tea ink: is a strong concentration of liquid tea, it has the ability to stain paper and other materials to act as a colourant. Tea ink is developed to make use of used tea bags that would otherwise become waste.

Material Qualities

Kingdom Attributes

  • Irregular
  • Light
  • Freedom of shape
  • Fibrous
  • Warm
  • Organic
  • Natural Color in Volume

Specific Material Attributes

  • Velvety
  • Soft
  • Fibrous
  • Texturized
  • Irregular
  • Rough

Basic Ingredients

  • Tea Bags.
  • Water.
  • Flour.

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